Saturday, April 13, 2024

Clint Eastwood, 86, Scores Biggest Opening Ever with Tom Hanks in “Sully”


Clint Eastwood has had a lot of hits in his 60 years in Hollywood–whether acting, directing or both.

But this weekend, at age 86, he’s had had his biggest opening ever directing Tom Hanks in “Sully.” The powerful Warners feature made $35.5 million in its first three days, exceeding everyone’s expectations.

The reviews and box office for “Sully” absolutely put the film into the Best Picture race, with Hanks and Eastwood securing their positions as well.

Eastwood’s second biggest film, “American Sniper,” had a limited opening in 4 theatres. When it expanded very wide it made $89 million on its second weekend. “Sniper” finished at $350 million, which would be a wild goal for “Sully.” But you never know. “Sully” should have a long life in theatres.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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